Our Child Life Specialists

Child Life Specialists help children cope with the stress and anxiety that often accompanies a hospital experience.

You might spot us in many different places throughout the hospital system, including the Children's Emergency Department, the Pediatric Unit, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Day Surgery.

Who are Child Life Specialists?

Each child life specialist has a minimum of a bachelor's degree in child life, child development, recreational therapy, or related field. After completing 600 hours of paid work or internship under the supervision of a certified child life specialist, they must pass the Child Life Professional Certification Examination through the Association of Child Life Professionals.  Learn more about what this team does at WakeMed.


Julie - Certified Child Life Specialist

Pediatric Surgical Services - Day Surgery/Endoscopy
Office phone: (919) 350-7166
 
BS in Child, Adult, and Family Services, Iowa State University
MS in Organizational Leadership, Southern New Hampshire University
Internship: Wolfson Children's Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

Julie - Certified Child Life Specialist


Leah - Certified Child Life Specialist

Pediatric Surgical Services-Day Surgery/ Endoscopy
Student Coordinator
Office phone: (919) 350-7166

BS in Child Life, East Carolina University
Internship: James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, NC

Leah, Child Life Services


Sunisha - Certified Child Life Specialist

Pediatrics / Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Office phone: (919) 350-8832

BS in Birth-Kindergarten Teacher Education, East Carolina University
MS in Child Life, East Carolina University
Internship:  Kidz First Children's Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand

Sunisha, Child Life Services


Mindy- Certified Child Life Specialist

Pediatrics / Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Office phone: (919) 350-8832

BS in Child and Family Development, Georgia Southern University
Internship:  Maryland Children's Hospital, Baltimore, MD

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Erin - Certified Child Life Specialist

Children's Emergency Department
Office phone: (919) 350-7970

BS in Child Life, East Carolina University
Internship: WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, NC 

Erin, Child Life Services


Anna - Certified Child Life Specialist

Children's Emergency Department
Office phone: (919) 350-7970

BS in Child Development and Family Studies, Berry College
Internship: Inova Children's Hospital, Falls Church, VA

Anna, Child Life Services


Jessica - Certified Child Life Specialist

Casual Pool - Children's Emergency Department

BS in Child and Adolescent Development, California State University
Internship: Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, New Haven, CT

Anna, Child Life Services


Meaghan - Certified Child Life Specialist

Casual Pool-Rotates Units

BA in Psychology, Elmira College
MS in Child Life, Bank Street College of Education
Internship: Bellevue Hospital, New York, NY

Meaghan, Child Life Services


Morgan - Certified Child Life Specialist

Casual Pool-Rotates Units

BS in Child Life, East Carolina University
Internship: Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, NC

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Molly - Certified Child Life Specialist

Casual Pool-Rotates Units

BS in Child and Family Studies, Baylor University
Internship: Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, IN

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